Examiner.com had the opportunity to interview artist Ashley Longshore this week on September 18. The critically acclaimed, New Orleans based pop artist who rarely exhibits in New York hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the opening night of her week long pop up exhibit, "Fashionable Late" at a swanky 3000 square foot 5th Avenue Penthouse. Guests mingled and took in the 360 degree views of Manhattan, while looking at over 40 pieces of original artwork. Sipping on Figenza cocktails and Dark Horse Wines, the fashionable crowd nibbled on bites of food served on custom designed Ashley Longshore trays.
According to her bio,"Pop artist Ashley Longshore makes no apologies about addressing society in her works, covering topics and muses as bold as the colors in her aesthetic. Ashley paints in extremes using mixed media acrylic and finishes her pieces with resin to create a signature lacquer. Her paintings combine words and images that are meant to inspire witty, thought provoking conversation. These pieces have led press, popular retailers and many celebrities to become collaborators and collectors. Ashley has had ongoing collaborations with Anthropologie since 2009. Ashley has also had collaborations with noteworthy brands such as French design house, CHLOE and Le Boite." A few celebrities who collect Ashley's work include Blake Lively, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz.
Check out our exclusive interview with Ashley below:
Tell us about this special exhibition.
We are at the most amazing art event that has ever occurred in New York City at the highest level in the penthouse!
How long have you been working as an artist?
For 20 years I’ve been painting wildly as an artist. I’m 38 now, this collection I’ve been working most of the pieces here are from 2013, so I’ve just really been inspired by the roles of woman in society. Obviously pop icons and things that make me giggle and teetee in my pants sometimes. That’s when I know a painting is going to be good because I’m gagging from laughing so hard.
There are a lot of cool pieces of Vogue Editor-in Chief Anna Wintour. How does she inspire you?
I think the whole thing with Anna is that everyday as a woman you wake up...you think what’s cool, what’s pretty, what’s trendy, what’s on point and whose the one who really controls what the normal standard is of that in society and it's Anna, it's Vogue. What’s in Vogue and what’s not and so I rebel against that and wear flip-flops and baggy harem pants. Sometimes I'll wear my nightgown to work and just put flip-flops and jewelry on. I don’t think she’d like that very much. I think it's just my constant little play...I’m just fascinated by her, she’s mysterious for god sakes. Plus I wonder would she like me, I’m not close to my mother, so I wonder how she would be as a mother. I think she’s a very interesting, powerful woman and I’m intrigued by that.
Who do you admire?
People that by my artwork because it’s funny. You know I work for myself and I’m an artist, but all of those people are the people who put the fuel in the jet so people who believe in me are the ones that got me back here to New York. It's like these [paintings] are all my babies and they need to be adopted, they need homes. I love it when people say I love your artwork and I say you’ll love it paying my bills, so how much do you really love it.
Tell us about the fun sayings in your artwork.
People they need color conversation pieces, things that make them happy my clients love my work.
How would you describe your work?
Other notables that we spotted included actress Kelly Rutherford, Kelly Bensimon, Fran Hauser, Kipton Cronkite, designer Norman Ambrose, Mercura Sunglass designer Marilee Lichtenstein and celebrity trainer, Nicole Winhoffer.